ALFILM SELECTION

The 13th ALFILM SELECTION will be presenting a multifaceted programme, showcasing the cultural diversity of the Arab world, from Somalia to Morocco, from Yemen to Palestine.

In addition to the countries that are usually strongly represented during ALFILM, such as Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia, the 13th ALFILM SELECTION will present films from Jordan with The Alleys (Bassel Ghandour, 2020), Iraq with Europa (Haider Rashid, 2021) and Our River, Our Sky (Maysoon Pachachi, 2021), Libya with The Colonel’s Stray Dogs (Khalid Shamis, 2021), Qatar with And then they Burn the Sea (Majid Al-Remaihi, 2021), Somalia with Life on the Horn (Moe Harawe, 2020), Sudan with Al Sit (Suzannah Mirghani, 2021), and Yemen with Don’t Get too Comfortable (Shaima El Tamimi, 2021).

Several of the 2022 ALFILM SELECTION films offer a critical and often disturbing look at the current political and social issues of their countries of production. In Feathers (Egypt/France/Netherlands/Greece, 2021), Omar El Zohairy explores the hardships and challenges an underprivileged woman goes through in ruthless Cairo as her husband disappears under mysterious circumstances, whereas in Europa (Iraq/Kuwait/Italy, 2021), Haider Rashid addresses the ever-growing far-right threats Arab migrants are facing in Europe

The questions of identity and migration are also central within the 13th ALFILM SELECTION with films such as A Tale of Love and Desire (Layla Bouzid, Tunisia/France, 2021), in which a young Frenchman with Algerian roots questions his identity and what it means to be an Arab, after he falls in love with a young Tunisian woman who has just moved to Paris. In The Sea Ahead by Ely Dagher (Lebanon/France/Belgium/USA/Qatar, 2021), on the other hand, a young woman finds herself again in a crisis-ridden Beirut while battling a depression whose causes stem from her life in exile.

In a trend that ALFILM highlighted in its 12th Home Edition SPOTLIGHT (Genres Revisited: Visionary Imagery and Fragmented Narratives in Contemporary Arab cinema), a number of films of the 13th ALFILM SELECTION use the conventions of mainstream genre films to uncover social grievances and to create multidimensional narratives and complex characters. In the aforementioned films The Alleys, Europa, Feathers and Streams (Mehdi Hmili, Tunisia/France/Luxembourg, 2021), the conventions of thriller, horror, or gangster films are used to shed light on the fears and hardships that the films’ protagonists have to face in their societies or the ones they have migrated to.

Two short films programs complement the 13th ALFILM SELECTION. The first is dedicated to films directed by Arab filmmakers living in diaspora and the second to the exploration of the complexities of family ties.

Films of the 13th ALFILM SELECTION

Al-Sit

Al-Sit

SELECTION SHORTS – Family Ties
> 25.4.2022 | 20.00 | Kulturbrauerei
>> 26.4.2022 | 21.00 | Arsenal
Casablanca Beats

Casablanca Beats

> 24.4.2022 | 17.30 | Arsenal
>> 26.4.2022 | 19.00 | City Kino
Europa

Europa

> 23.4.2022 | 21.30 | City Kino
>> 25.4.2022 | 22.00 | Arsenal
Feathers

Feathers

> 20.4.2022 | 19.30 | Arsenal
>> 22.4.2022 | 21.00 | City Kino
Khadiga

Khadiga

SELECTION SHORTS – Family Ties
> 25.4.2022 | 20.00 | Kulturbrauerei
>> 26.4.2022 | 21.00 | Arsenal
Life on the Horn

Life on the Horn

SELECTION SHORTS – Family Ties
> 25.4.2022 | 20.00 | Kulturbrauerei
>> 26.4.2022 | 21.00 | Arsenal
Streams

Streams

> 23.4.2022 | 19.00 | City Kino
>> 24.4.2022 | 19.30 | Kulturbrauerei
Suspended Wives

Suspended Wives

Double Feature with Tuk-tuk
> 23.4.2022 | 17.00 | Arsenal
The Alleys

The Alleys

> 21.4.2022 | 19.30 | Kulturbrauerei
>> 25.4.2022 | 21.00 | City Kino
The Bath

The Bath

SELECTION SHORTS – Family Ties
> 25.4.2022 | 20.00 | Kulturbrauerei
>> 26.4.2022 | 21.00 | Arsenal
The Sea Ahead

The Sea Ahead

> 23.4.2022 | 21.00 | Arsenal
>> 24.4.2022 | 19.00 | City Kino
The Stranger

The Stranger

> 24.4.2022 | 19.30 | Arsenal
>> 26.4.2022 | 19.30 | Kulturbrauerei
Their Algeria

Their Algeria

> 22.4.2022 | 19.00 | City Kino
>> 23.4.2022 | 19.00 | Arsenal
Trumpets in the Sky

Trumpets in the Sky

SELECTION SHORTS – Family Ties
> 25.4.2022 | 20.00 | Kulturbrauerei
>> 26.4.2022 | 21.00 | Arsenal
Tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuk

Double Feature with Suspended Wives
> 23.4.2022 | 17.00 | Arsenal